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Murray Browne
Decatur, Georgia
Interests: Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire (2016), The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), Understanding Search Engines (1999),
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Facebook and my longtime blog vendor Typepad recently teamed up to obliterate all my 2017 Facebook postings about The Book Shopper blog. Typepad did sort of a mea culpa about it, but after that who are you gonna call? However,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at The Book Shopper
Note: This posting comes courtesy of my longtime partner Denise Casey. She reads much more than I do -- especially about the sciences, but I do share her affection for the octopus and I don't mean as an appetizer. She... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at The Book Shopper
I recently finished reading a collection of memoirs compiled by the London Review of Books called Meeting the Devil (2013). It begins with Hilary Mantel's title piece describing in disturbing candor the details of the author's hospital stay while she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at The Book Shopper
I will be going to the Fall Line Press 50 Artist Talks on Saturday, June 3rd beginning at 3 p.m. My book Down & Outbound: A Mass Satire falls into the gray area of something related to an artist book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at The Book Shopper
As I read Rob Walker's article "How to Trick People into Saving Money" in the May, 2017 issue of The Atlantic magazine, I drew a connection to behavioral economist Daniel Eckert's thoughts about saving money and how it relates to saving the environment. Walker writes, "Americans difficulty saving, Daniel Eckert*... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Book shopping and vacationing on Cape Cod don't necessarily mix, because there are quaint book shops everywhere demanding to be browsed. Too much book shopping followed by subsequent reading can cause one to miss hiking through amazing scenery like the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at The Book Shopper
While in New York City, I was able to make a "sales" call on behalf of Down & Outbound at Printed Matter Inc. the world renowned book art store in the hip neighborhood of Chelsea. When I first published Down... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The Book Shopper
On Thursday, May 4th, I was on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train that filled with smoke during my evening rush hour commute. I ended up having to evacuate the train and take a tunnel catwalk back to the Midtown Station. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the following Saturday... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Tom wrote me with some additional baseball book suggestions. Here are some gems..."A Pitcher's Story, by Roger Angell. This is a book about David Cone. This book has some outstanding pitching tips. Plus, David Cone was a good "pitcher"..not a "thrower". Another book that I really enjoyed is "Baseball When the Grass Was Real" by Donald Honig. This book is made up of excerpts of interviews the author had with 18 different players of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Some of them are Charley Gehringer, Johnny Mize, Cool Papa Bell, Lefty Grove, Ted Lyons, Billy Herman, Rip Sewell and Bob Feller. Another book I enjoyed was "Lefty Grove: American Original" written by Jim Kaplan. In my opinion, Grove is a vastly underrated pitcher. And, he's in the Hall of Fame! Last thing. There is a writer named Troy Soos. He has written 8-10 books with the premise of the main character is a major league baseball player back in the early 1900's (maybe up to around 1930). They are murder mysteries that take place and the main character (Mickey Rawlings) somehow cracks the case while being an average major league ballplayer. The stories are "historical fiction" and have real players involved as well as the fictional Mickey Rawlings. I think I am the only person that has read this author and I see he has 3 or 4 books I haven't read.
A few weeks ago, I was catching up with an ol' college friend Tom, who shares the same passion about baseball and more specifically, baseball books that I do. We traded reading suggestions, much like boys swapping baseball cards. He... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at The Book Shopper
A few days before the I-85 bridge collapse in Atlanta, this article "The Real Fiction of Public Transportation" appeared in Like the Dew: The Journal of Southern Culture. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Who, Where & When: If you read my previous posting, I think you understand why I took a Monday afternoon off (4/3/17) from my regular job to see David Shields. It was no small task. The weather was lousy and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at The Book Shopper
Because of the I-85 bridge collapse, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is experiencing a major increase in subway ridership. (This is what it takes to get people to try public transportation in Atlanta.) Many of these new riders might be unfamiliar with this mode of transportation so here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
This is a vivid reminder that Friday, March 31, 2017 is the last day you can load rides on the blue Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Breeze Card. They have been replaced with the new, chipped MARTA Silver Card. Veteran MARTA riders will immediately recognize that this inflamed card... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
In a previous Facebook posting I mentioned that author David Shields was going to be in Atlanta on Saturday, April 1st at the Lost Southern Voices Revival discussing Barry Hannah's collection of short stories Air Ships (1971)* I "eventbrited" to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Book Shopper
Poor pedestrians -- especially compared to the Chicago Bear quarterback situation. Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2017 - evening digital edition. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Over a long President's Day holiday weekend, I took advantage of the rainy, gloomy weather here in LA to visit a couple of the area's more well-known bookstores: Small World Books in Venice Beach and The Last Book Store in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Book Shopper
"Sports can bestow curses as carelessly as blessings and the curses stick." This is a line from Wilfrid Sheed's 1969 essay "Confession of a Sports Nut." As a Cubs fan, who also remembers the woeful summer of 1969, I know... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at The Book Shopper
Columnist Mary Wisniewski writes about the controversy surrounding the transit musicians in yesterday's Chicago Tribune. Coincidentally, one of the chapters (#110 Flash Band) in Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire covers the same territory when a small orchestra known as Subterfusion plays an impromptu concert and the "authorities" try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Yes, the cold immersion method makes a great cup as well -- since that is what you served when we visited. You should check out the book mentioned. Available on Amazon for 1 cent plus shipping. Someone with your mechanical interests would enjoy. (Mostly photos).
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2017 on Percolating Memories at The Book Shopper
Coffeemakers. You can't have enough of 'em. Our kitchen counter looks like something out of Ambrogio Fumagalli's Coffeemakers: Machine Da Caffe (1995). In addition to our Cuisnart, our Melita single cup maker, our French press, our Clever Dripper®, and our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at The Book Shopper
Check out the video of the art behind New York City's Second Avenue Subway system. Atlanta residents may be familiar with one the artists -- Vik Muniz. The High Museum in Atlanta did a large Muniz exhibit last year, which was sensational. To see installations like these when you ride... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Today I sent a sample copy of Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire to Half Letter Press. a distributor that appeals to me both as an author and as a book shopper. Check out a screen shot of their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Book Shopper
Don't underestimate the new transportation technologies. We're not referring to self-driving automobiles or more comfortable subway cars, but the commonplace (not pedestrian!) wet cone. Previously, these plastic pillars of caution could easily fall into delinquency when not being kept busy. Hanging around train stations looking for trouble -- getting into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Down & Outbound: The Hub
Hubris, Overreach, and Greed. It sounds like a law firm, but it is the theme of Alistair Horne's book Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century (2015). In his book, Horne introduces us to the Greek concept of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at The Book Shopper